Party hardy safely

Remember when having a summer party was relatively breezy? Yeah, us neither. This year there’s more to worry about than whether or not the ants will be launching an assault on the whale-shaped watermelon centerpiece. With Fourth of July two days away, the stakes are high, and so is the anxity. But lifestyle expert Sandra Guibord of Sandra’s Wine Life, says that you can still make your reunion with friends and loved ones a success: ​

  • The standard rules we all know still apply. Wear face coverings, have people sit as couples or households, with each guest/household seated 6 feet apart.  
  • BYO has a whole new meaning:  Bringing your own drinks, glassware, utensils and food is most probably the safest way to socialize. 
  • Or, if you all agree on the same safety rules, serve your guests snacks on separate platters and bowls for each person/household attending. No one should be sharing any dips, cheese or condiments. Also sanitized glassware that has a decorative “wine charm” or marking on it can identify the single user. 
  • As bottles of wine may be handled by more than one person, keep disinfectant wipes on the table where the wine is, for each person to wipe the bottle. 
  • If your guests would like to use your restroom, simply provide nice hand soap and disposable paper drying towels to use. Be sure to wipe down the restroom and door handles a few times while your guests are visiting. 
  • The CDC recommends using a 32-ounce spray bottle of water mixed with 4 tablespoons of bleach for continued disinfecting of all surfaces your guests may come in contact with.  

All of us have been affected emotionally by this COVID Quarantine differently. Some of our friends and family are still nervous to come out and socialize because of vulnerabilities from age or autoimmune issues. Be sure to include anyone who is hesitant to join the party in person by inviting him on FaceTime or Zoom to “sip” along. 

edited by Georgette Gouveia

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